Gary Zukav’s timeless, humorous, New York Times bestselling masterpiece, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, is arguably the most widely acclaimed. The Dancing. Wu Li Masters. An Overview of the New Physics. Gary Zukav. A BANTAM NEW AGE BOOK. BANTAM BOOKS. NEW YORK • TORONTO • LONDON. The most exciting intellectual adventure I’ve been on since reading Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”—.

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The subtle mechanism of knowing the truth does not originate in the brain. Frustrating because, when read, you can’t help but get the endorphine, intellectual rush that demands you share the knowledge with all. If we want to get past Newton, we have to get past that. Not an easy read but sooo full of awesome new physics explanations. Eddington discussed it in several papers and in his popular work on physics from that time. The bit pi scientific theories being constrained by the results of experiments is what gets lost when Zukav starts waxing poetical about the philosophy of quantum mechanics.

Sometimes books like this one capture us because we think they will be fairly easy primers, sexed up with lots of provocative speculation.

Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics by Gary Zukav

Quantum logic above mathematics and language The book is full of these difficult bits – and it helped that I took lots of notes all along the book. From that point on, regardless of how the real world actually operates, this rational mind, following its self-imposed rules, tries to superimpose on the real world its own version of what must be. Recommendations I found for follow-up reading: Jan 07, Jen rated it did not like it Shelves: In describing the “communication problem” between the tary groups which I mentioned aboveZukav says that when the idea being communicated finally gets through the haze of apparently complex explanations, it actually turns out to be quite simple.

Even inthough, Zukav had the assistance of a number of well-known physicists, yet he shows no sign of being aware of the variety of work going on in the field. When a writer can make something I believed inaccessible to me seem like dinner conversation in which I can participate, I’m thrilled to the core. Schrodinger’s revelation Are there particles Is there a di It took me a year or more to get through this!!


Unfortunately, I worry that too many who read this bestseller were irrevocably taken with an esoteric, transcendental, and ultimately fallacious interpretation of contemporary science.

Scientists have to be willing not only to propose new ideas, but to reject them when they are shown to be untenable, and that will be shown by experimental results regardless of how the scientist feels about the idea. He even writes in the introduction that he’s amazed and so pleased with how funny the book is, that it is, in fact, funnier than he is in real life.

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A frightening story about how careful you need to be with popular science texts. What he ends up laying out, however, is often what he would like the new physics to say, and what he and a few others, including some physicists, believe the new physics says–but which many other physicists, whom Zukav did not bother asking about the matter, do not believe the new physics says, and which is not by any means required by either the phenomena or the basic theory of the new physics.

Of course Zukav must have heard stories from the physicists he lists in his Acknowledgments about imaginative new ideas they had come up with, which were then soundly rejected by the rest of the physics community; but if he believes that those few physicists are really different from most others, that they somehow represent a small minority who actually come up with new ideas and have to struggle against closed-mindedness, he is very much mistaken.

Zukav did a surprisingly competent job describing physics in laymen terms that it is hard to believe he is not in the STEM field at all. That said, the book has many things to nitpick. The Dancing Wu Li Masters remains an engaging, accessible way to meet the most profound and mind-altering insights of 20th-century mastwrs. In art it is true that you can define your own reality, at least within the context of your work of art.

We dream in gravity-defying dimensions that also take us back in time. Mazters this book is not supposed to be about art, or love, but about science, and masterrs science we give logical analysis an important role for the very good reason that without it we can’t tell good theories from bad. If this is really where Zukav thinks the new physics masgers overthrown old ideas, he has widely missed the mark. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


His humor is cloying and totally unnecessary. The fact that a wave function that has just collapsed because of a mastrrs made sancing a quantum system can have a special mathematical form is also somewhat misleading as Zukav uses it here. I couldn’t stop thinking about updates and what recent theories have added to the discussion. Woit refers to “The People’s Republic of Berkeley”. It was awarded a U.

It is hard to express this philosophy in a few simple sentences, but Zukav doesn’t do a bad job of summing up his view of it, along with his view of its major competitor, early in the book:.

I believe that that is not the best way to present the basics of physics, but then, as I confessed earlier, I am one of those people who like precise logical processes. Those, I would suggest would be equally happy if they read the first two and the last chapters only.

The strength of the book is Zukav’s daning of the history of physics. The Wu Li Master dances with his student. This lo an amazing book and amazing so, because it revitalized the science training within me! Can never know too much about quantum physics. By the way, I’m also confused by the statement that “the effort But oddly enough, I’d recommend that you dajcing Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as a primer to this book. I said I wouldn’t discuss Zukav’s philosophy per se, but I can’t let this quote go by without comment:.

Front cover of Bantam paperback edition. For example, the first major-loophole-free experiment about non-locality was performed in On the other hand, Dacing was quite happy to be introduced to quantum mechanics through a way that almost omitted math formulae. If this is so, then the distinction between scientists, poets, painters, and writers is not clear I’m halfway through it now and it’s pointing towards a unification of general relativity with quantum mechanics aka quantum gravitation.

We think about one thing, then another. Fazang Fa-tsang, — C.